IMAGINE Leaders – Helen Mets

Helen Mets

Ahlstrom, President & CEO

I am British-born with dual nationality, having lived in The Netherlands for the past 18 years. I am a mother, wife, grandma … and have had a global career that extends across Europe, Asia and North America. I am committed to making a difference especially in the areas of climate change, diversity and inclusion.I am a lifelong learner and get my energy from creating value for all stakeholders. I feel a huge responsibility to make a difference and as a leader I feel responsible to address the big issues in the world. I relate to a statement from my retired Chairman Feike Sijbesma; “Nobody is successful in a world that fails”. For the past 20 years I have been leading buvsinesses across various sectors and since 2017 have been part of the Executive leadership team of DSM, a purpose led – performance driven company. I am actively involved in the transformation journey of the company, both as CEO of the Materials division, which has pioneered the industrial transformation towards a bio-based and circular economy division, as well as playing a key role in the transition towards a Health and Nutrition company, as the company’s Chief Strategy Officer.

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